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Palestinian deaths in Gaza pass 30,000 as witnesses say Israeli forces fire on crowd waiting for aid

Feb. 29, 2024 07:37 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops fired on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for aid in Gaza City on Thursday, witnesses said. More than 100 people were killed, bringing the death toll since the start of the Israel-Hamas war to more than 30,000, according to health officials. ...

The UN accuses Nicaragua's government of abuses 'tantamount to crimes against humanity'

Feb. 29, 2024 03:05 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United Nations accused Nicaragua 's government of committing “serious systematic human rights violations, tantamount to crimes against humanity" on Thursday in an investigation into the country's expanding crackdown on political dissent. The government of...

The Latest | Families of hostages held in Gaza launch a 4-day march to demand their freedom

Feb. 28, 2024 22:02 PM EST

The families of hostages held in Gaza and their supporters are launching a four-day march from southern Israel to Jerusalem to demand their loved ones be set free. The march comes as negotiations are underway in Qatar to bring about a deal between Hamas and Israel that would lead to...

UN appeals for $674 million as gang violence in Haiti escalates with killings and sexual violence

Feb. 28, 2024 20:55 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indiscriminate violence in Haiti is escalating — especially in the capital and surrounding region — with armed gangs carrying out killings and acts of sexual violence, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the conflict-wracked Caribbean nation said Wednesday. ...

UN hands over 1st military base in Congo to begin its drawdown after decades in the country

Feb. 28, 2024 16:45 PM EST

KAMANYOLA, Congo (AP) — United Nations peacekeepers handed over their first military base to security forces in eastern Congo on Wednesday as part of an eventual withdrawal after decades of operating in the country. The handover comes as violence soars in the conflict-riddled region. ...

Food aid reaches north Gaza for first time in weeks. Israeli hostages' families push for release

Feb. 28, 2024 16:10 PM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Aid convoys carrying food reached northern Gaza this week, Israeli officials said Wednesday, the first major delivery in a month to the devastated, isolated area, where the U.N. has warned of worsening starvation among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians amid Israel’s...

Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

Feb. 28, 2024 13:19 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan....

A quarter of Gaza's population is one step from famine and aid trucks are looted, UN says

Feb. 27, 2024 21:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least one quarter of Gaza’s population – 576,000 people – are one step away from famine and virtually the entire population desperately needs food resulting in some aid trucks being shot at, looted and overwhelmed by hungry people, top U.N. officials said Tuesday. ...

The Latest | Biden says hostage deal could pause Gaza war, but Israel and Hamas show skepticism

Feb. 27, 2024 16:56 PM EST

President Joe Biden has said Israel would be willing to halt its war on Hamas in Gaza during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some of the hostages held by the militants. However, Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent...

UN envoy invites Syrian opponents for constitution talks in Geneva despite Russia's opposition

Feb. 27, 2024 13:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria issued formal invitations to the Syrian government and opposition groups on Tuesday to meet in Geneva in late April to resume negotiations on revising the country’s constitution, despite opposition from Damascus’ key ally Russia. ...